Space Station

It's wasn't just a giant leap for mankind, it was a giant leap for a W.A town. Carnarvon played a critical role in getting man onto the moon.

Australia's first Astronaut Andy Thomas has travelled from Houston Texas to help celebrate Carnarvon's role in the Space Race, in the late 1960's NASA built a tracking station here to communicate with the mercury, Gemini and Apollo space missions. Another Dish was built by OTC initially as a link to Houston. "This must have been an exciting place to be in the late 60s this was probably like a cowboy town with this hi-tech stuff going on up the hill and these mysterious people in white coats doing stuff it must have been a sort of really sort of strange and a very unique environment it would have been it would be good to be in a time machine and participate for a while."

It might not be a time machine as such but the opening of the Space and Technology museum at the old OTC site - transports visitors back to the time when Australia joined the race to space.

Phil Youd and his team of volunteers have spent seven years collecting pieces to help tell the story of Carnarvon's venture into space.

The museum has just been officially opened - and taking in the displays were some living treasures who worked at the tracking station and OTC site in its heyday.

Professor Brian O'Brian worked on the space programme in the U-S - his experiments are still on the moon today.

While the site is most famous for its role in the manned space missions, it also has links to another piece of history; this strange dish behind me was used for the very first satellite television broadcast from Australia. It was October 1966 and it linked a studio audience in London live with British families waiting on the streets of Carnarvon.

Now a new generation is learning about the role this W.A town played and hear what it's like to look down from a seat in the stars

www.carnarvonmuseum.org.au